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France shake up their squad

2012-03-12 15:53

Marcoussis - Coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Monday made six changes to his squad to take on Wales for the final day of the Six Nations tournament in Cardiff.

The changes for this Saturday's game follow the shattering 24-22 loss to England at the Stade de France on Sunday, a result that wrecked French hopes of successfully defending the title they won last year.

In come lock Julien Pierre, flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili, centre Florian Fritz, winger Alexis Palisson and full-back Jean-Marcellin Butin, who at 20 is called up to the international squad for the first time.

Paying the price of the loss to the English are lock Lionel Nallet, scrumhalf Julien Dupuy, centre Maxime Mermoz and winger Julien Malzieu, while winger Vincent Clerc was not considered due to injury.

The starting line-up will be named on Thursday.

The France squad to play Wales on the final day of the Six Nations tournament in Cardiff on Saturday:

Forwards:

David Attoub (Stade Franais), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Franais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Pap (Stade Franais), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt)

Backs:

Morgan Parra (Clermont), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Lionel Beauxis (Toulouse), Franois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Jean-Marcellin Buttin (Clermont), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Alexis Palisson (Toulon), Clment Poitrenaud (Toulouse), Aurlien Rougerie (Clermont)

AFP